The Duggars leave Japan and make their way to China during their vacation in Asia, where they learn some Chinese, discover the Great Wall and spread a little love to some Chinese orphans! Read on for the full recap.
The family packs up all their belongings and head to China. They have about 30 bags to check, plus carryons, but after spending 10 days in Japan they were ready for their almost four-hour flight to Beijing, China.
Duggars: Tiananmen Square, Here We Come
The first full day in a new country is all about sightseeing. Jim Bob Duggar decides to hold a meeting with Michelle Duggar and the kids to explain the rules of taking the Beijing subway, and that it was time to use the "buddy system on steroids" for the subway to Tiananmen Square. Jim Bob tries to look at a map in the subway station in order to figure out where to go, but he can't seem to tell the difference between the red and the brown lines on the map! His family has to tell him!
The first subway comes, but no one thinks it has enough room to fit the whole family. The second subway comes, but the same problem occurs. Finally Jim Bob decides to split everyone into four teams and to go into separate cars on the next subway. Third time was the charm and everyone is able to squeeze into the tiny space in the subway car. One daughter even claims "it's like New York on steroids." What is with the Duggar family and thinking everything is on steroids?
Once at Tiananmen Square, Jim Bob tells his family that it's like being at the U.S. capital. Next thing everyone knows, they are being bombarded by lots of people who are coming over to take pictures with all the kids because they have never seen such a large family!
When he gets a free moment, Jim Bob calls over Frank, a cameraman, to give everyone a little Chinese lesson. Frank teaches them some etiquette, along with the words "hello," "goodbye" and "thank you."
Duggars Explore The Great Wall – Day 1
The time has come for the Duggars to head onto the bus on the second day there to travel to the Great Wall of China and stay the night in the Gubeiku village. The family wants to see how the people in the village truly live and to eat authentic food. The most difficult part of it all for the family is trying to figure out how to use the chopsticks! After the meal they went back on the bus to go over to the Great Wall. Gasps of astonishment fills everyone's faces at how amazing the Great Wall truly is.
Duggars Explore The Great Wall – Day 2
Seeing that grand barricade once wasn't enough and the family wants go to the Great Wall again, but it starts to downpour, which ruins the plans! Instead, they try to find some souvenirs before going up to the wall. Jim Bob tries his hand at bargaining, but finds he's having a bit of trouble. The conversion rate confuses him and he doesn't know if he is getting a good deal or not, but he buys some traditional Chinese straw hats anyway.
Courtney's Water Breaks
Once the Duggars' excursion to the Great Wall was over, they returned to their hotel to receive some sad news that their coordinating producer Courtney Enlow's water broke and that she is most likely going to have to deliver her baby in China! The baby wasn't due for another five weeks, causing the whole family to keep Courtney in their prayers. But Jana and Jill decided to head on over to the hospital to keep an eye on the soon-to-be mom.
The language barrier with her doctors and not knowing how they even practiced medicine in China put quite a burden on the already in-labor Courtney! While she was pushing and pushing, Jana and Jill kept the rest of the Duggar family up-to-date. Scott Enlow, Courtney's husband and the show's director, tried to get in to see his wife, but the doctors wouldn't let him. He decided to just charge on in anyway.
This was one fast birth! It took less than an hour between the contractions starting and the baby being born! Unfortunately, the doctors told Scott that his baby had a higher respiration rate than full-term babies and had to be taken to the neonatal intensive care unit for three days. Courtney got to see the baby for only a split-second before her child was taken away.
Duggars Discover New Foods
Once news of the baby and mother's stability hit the Duggars, they decided to do a bit more adventuring and went to a duck restaurant. It was a full-service restaurant and the Duggar clan saw the ducks being cooked, then sliced right in front of them and then finally it came time for the family to feast. Originally disgusted by how the ducks were cooked, everyone came to really enjoy everything in the end, which is a bit different from how they reacted to some of the Japanese food.
Next up on the vacation to-do list was hit up Snack Street, where they continued to expand their palette. Jim Bob even bought a scorpion on a stick to try! Jim Goodwin, the show's sound guy, was offered the stick and he ate it without hesitation because it surprisingly wasn't his first time eating the delicacy. No one in the family was brave enough to chow down on the venomous animal, not even adventurous Jim Bob.
The Duggars Visit An Orphanage
The next day everyone took a more selfless expedition and visited the Sun Village Orphanage to spend some time with the kids there. Michelle and Anna both got a little teary-eyed during the outing and really enjoyed playing with the kids. Now the Duggars have visited orphanages in North America, Central America and Asia! During their time visiting the orphans in China, they passed out shoes to the children, thinking it was a practical gift to give. Before they headed out, everyone wrote out a sweet blessing for the children on a piece of ribbon that was to be put on a fruit tree.
Seeing these children makes Michelle consider the whole adoption world because she believes that her heart and home is open to anything, but that she will just have to "wait and see what God has in store."
Courtney’s Newborn Girl Is Released From Hospital
Courtney and Scott's baby girl is released from the hospital with her dad carrying her out to the waiting and welcoming Duggar family!
Anna Reveals A Secret
During their trip in China, Josh and Anna snuck away during dinner one night to take a pregnancy test to figure out if they were expecting another child. The test was negative, but Anna was almost sure she was pregnant. Two days after they arrived back home in the United States Anna took another test and discovered she is pregnant with her third child!
What do YOU think about this episode HollyMoms? Are you glad the Duggars are trying to learn about the Chinese culture? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Drake may be a busy man, but not too busy to observe Passover with his loved ones. Read on for all the details.
On March 25, Drake commemorated Passover with his family and friends and even posted a picture of his family Seder, along with these words, “Talking matzah and plagues…Happy Passover.”
Drake’s mother Sandi Graham is Jewish Canadian and his father Dennis Graham is African American from Memphis, Tennessee. Drake was raised by his mother, after his parents divorced when he was 5-years-old. The singer went to a Jewish school and also had a Bar Mitzvah.
Drake & Chris Brown Will Perform On Same Album
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Drake and rival Chris Brown will both sing on Snoop Dogg‘s new Reincarnated album.
Drake is featured in an anti-violence song called "No Guns Allowed" and Chris collaborates with Snoop on the track “Remedy”.
Drake & Amanda Bynes?
Seems as though Amanda Bynes has a thing for Drake, unless her Twitter account was hacked! On March 21, the actress tweeted a bizarre message to the performer, writing: "I want @drake to murder my vagina.” Weird!
Do you think Drake and Amanda are even friends?
Drake Super Close To His Mom
Over the years, Drake has repeatedly thanked his mother for all of her support. Are you happy that Drake made time to honor his Jewish heritage with his family and friends? What do YOU think HollywoodLifers, is Drake a family guy?
March 26 was the first elimination on ‘Dancing with The Stars’, and Victor Ortiz and Lisa Vanderpump were ready to dance for their place in the competition, when a star shockingly withdrew from the show. What a night!
There was no murder on the dance floor for Victor Ortiz andLisa Vanderpumpin this week’s episode of Dancing With the Stars! While teen star Zendaya won the coveted encore dance and further cemented her status as the the top contender, judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba were about to make the tough decision to choose between the boxer and the Real Housewife, when one star removed herself from the competition….
Dorothy Hamill quit the show!
Dorothy Hamill Becomes The First Person To Leave ‘Dancing With The Stars’
D.L. Hughley referred to DWTS as “The Hunger Games in tights” and he was not lying! A shocked Lisa and a devastated Victor were about to prepare for the dreaded dance off, when Dorothy and her partner Tristan MacManus emerged from the wings and told Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet that they were withdrawing from the competition!
Total game changer! Anyone who saw the March 25 episode of the show will know that Dorothy was suffering with a pinched nerve and was struggling to practice for the show, and she said on the advice of her spinal surgeon that she would not be able to continue.
What a shame!
Zendaya Dances The Encore Dance
Before all the elimination chaos, the audience were treated to a show. Zendaya may be only 16-years-old but she has proved that she can tough it out with the “big kids”! Viewers voted for the dance they most wanted to see again, the cute Shake It Out star was the winner! So far, it seems clear that Zendaya and Kellie Pickler are the top contenders for the mirror ball trophy.
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Are you sad to see Dorothy leave?
On Tuesday, March 26, season four of ‘The Voice’ proved it will be the best season yet! With Spanish speaking folk singers, to a model-turned-singer pop star, the judges became the vulnerable ones, begging the talent to join their team.
The night started with a gorgeous model who chose a Maroon 5song – so, how did he react when AdamLevine wanted him? Then, the night went out on an amazing note with a 22-year-old student who turned all four chairs. Here the amazing audition below!
Josiah Hawley: Model Makes Usher Dance
For the girls in the audience, it was a great idea to open the show with a male model-turned-singer. Josiah Hawley, 27, has been modelling while in school to pay the bills, but has been trying to make it in music.
So, when he took on “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5 – the band that Adam is the lead singer of, the crowd went crazy. And they weren’t the only ones.
He turned the chairs of Blake Shelton, Usher, and Adam, and then they all worked to convince him they were best!
“You picked my song!” Adam pleaded. But, it wasn’t enough, and he – to all of our surprises – chose Usher! Now, that is a great duo.
Plus, Usher danced his way back to his chair after greeting Josiah, just to rub it in the guys’ faces. We love the friendly competition.
Sarah Simmons Blows Minds With Joan Osbourne Cover
Another night of The Voice, another amazing woman ending the show. Last night it was Judith Hill who rocked the competition. Tonight, it was a 22-year-old student Sarah Simmons.
Starting with a soft tone, Sarah displayed her sensitive side, which turned the chairs of Adam and Shakira. Then, she got a little raspy and it seemed like clock work – Blake and Usher turned.
So, after all four judges laid out what they had to offer, Sarah was left with a tough decision — which included Blake screaming “PICK BLAKE” and Adam literally begging “please, please, please,” with (an adorable) pout.
And, her choice was… Team Adam!
If you’re keeping count, that’s the second front-runner Adam has picked up! Now let’s just hope when it comes time for him to team up his own team, he doesn’t put them against each other!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Stewart finally speaks out about the surprise news that her husband Kordell Stewart secretly filed for divorce. Read on for all the details.
Devoted housewife Porsha Stewart is completely stunned that her husband of nearly two years, former NFL star Kordell Stewart has filed for divorce behind her back. The reality star says she was led to believe that her ‘king’ was committed to saving their marriage.
Portia Releases Statement
On March 26, a rep for Porsha released the following statement to Us Weekly:
“Mrs. Stewart is disappointed about her husband’s recent filing for divorce. Mrs. Stewart had held off on filing for a divorce herself and remained committed to the marriage because Mr. Stewart promised to work on the marriage with her. Instead, he misled her and she found out about the filing in the media. Mrs. Stewart hopes to resolve these personal issues privately with the support of her family, friends and strong faith.”
Porsha also thanked her supporters via Twitter, writing, “Thank you for your Prayers,” along with an instagram containing the following quote, “Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.”
Porsha ‘Completely Blindsided’
According to a friend of Porsha’s, the reality star had absolutely no idea about her husband’s divorce plans.
“She was 100 percent completely blindsided. Friends are trying to contact her but she’s not picking up her phone or returning texts,” says the friend. “Her whole identity is about being a happy, obedient wife. The other women criticized her for not having a backbone but she was like, ‘A real marriage is about honoring your man, your king.’ She is really upset.”
According to TMZ, Kordell filed for divorce on March 22, citing "irretrievably broken". The athlete also stated that he does not want to pay spousal support because “[She's] an able-bodied person, earning income and is capable of supporting herself”. What a loser!
Porsha’s Exclusive Interview With HollywoodLife.com
A week prior to the surprising divorce news, Portia told us that she was working on her marriage with Kordell and that they were still trying to conceive a baby.
When asked if Kordell was controlling, she responded, "Well I don't have a problem with a man having an opinion. If you're a man, I need to know where you are leading our family. And I love that about him and along the way, there are some things I agree with and some things I don't. As long as he can respect my opinion and let me woo him into what I want."
Kordell basically told Porsha on the show that she had to choose between having kids or her charity work. That sounds controlling!
Do You Feel Sorry For Porsha?
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers, do you think Kordell acted like a jerk and totally dissed Porsha?
Justin posted a rather depressing photo on his Instagram on Mar. 24, where he’s seen wearing a beanie and covering his eyes with his hand over his head. Is he missing Selena?
Justin Bieber took to his Instagram on Mar. 24 and revealed a depressing photo of himself. In the image, Justin is slouched over and covering his face with his hand. Could it be that he’s missing Selena Gomez?
Since the couple split in December, Justin has been taking the high road and even telling his friends to respect Selena and refrain from talking negatively about her in the press.
Selena Gomez Publicly Disses Justin Bieber
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of Selena. In an interview on The Late Show With David Letterman, the 20-year-old Spring Breakers star jokingly said that she made her ex cry! Ouch Selena. But Justin, 19, however, refuses to openly diss his one time love interest.
"[Selena's] been bashing him, but Justin has ordered everyone around him not to fight back," a source tells RadarOnline. "He told his friends and everyone else about Selena, 'she's off limits.' He told everyone to leave her alone.”
Justin’s Behaving Himself – He’s Refusing To Trash Talk Selena Gomez
"He doesn't want to fuel the fire and he just doesn't want it to be that way with her. 'I don't want anyone saying anything negative about her,' is what he told his pals,” a source adds.
While Selena has been hanging with her co-stars from her new film, Justin has been keeping a relatively low profile.
Justin has not been photographed flirting with any new hot girls and a close source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that the Biebs has been constantly blowing up Selena’s phone, but to no avail because she hasn’t been answering.
"Justin's devastated right now," the source told us. "He's calling her 100 times a day and she's not picking up."
Sound off HollywoodLifers. Do you think Justin misses Selena?
Chris, it was courageous of you to sit down with Ryan Seacrest on March 26 and to accept blame for your Rihanna assault and to explain how much you’ve learned from your mistake.
Chris Brown, it was terrific that you gave a no-holds barred interview after all these years and explained how hard you’ve worked to become a better person after losing your “integrity and dignity” by assaulting your girlfriend Rihanna. I was very impressed that you were able to tell your fans and the haters that you’re trying to focus on “doing the right thing” and that you’re trying to focus on becoming more “humble” and “doing the right thing.”
Chris Brown Spoke From The Heart
Chris, no one can say that your interview wasn’t heartfelt. You not only said that you are actively working on yourself, but you also revealed a very valuable life lesson:
“You can lose it all. And I'm not just saying fame or stardom because that's not what it's about. I'm talking about dignity [and] integrity. You know, you lose yourself in a way. So that process of me having to deal with any trials and tribulations I went through at that time, it was a learning step for me. Everything was learning, and I learned from certain mistakes, and I'm getting better as the days come.”
Chris Winning Back His Fans With His Words
Chris, you are really connecting with your fans. Chris, this interview will be really help connect you with both your fans and your critics. You make it clear how difficult, but important it has been to work on rebuilding your reputation and your relationship with the love of your life, Rihanna. What you did to her was beyond wrong, but you are clearly showing the world that you are capable of turning your life around. Smartly, you are not trying to lay blame for what happened on anybody but yourself. You are accepting responsibility for your misdeed. Neither are you trying to excuse your behavior, by saying you were very young — that too is commendable.
“I could put that on my age but that would just be making an excuse. I think for me that at age 18, 19 I was capable of writing and producing songs,” Chris said. “So I'm also capable of making the right choices … Everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands.”
You definitely sound like someone who has truly learned from their mistakes. Chris, you had hit rock bottom but you are definitely on your way back up.
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Did this interview improve your opinion of Chris? Tell me now!
The 17-year-old star rocks a super smokey eye and sexy bed-head hair in a new photo shoot for ‘Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.’ Do YOU think she look amazing or too mature?
Kendall Jenner‘s modeling career is only growing. She’s on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and she looks amazing! We’ll help you get her smoldering smokey eye look below!
Kendall Jenner’s Smokey Eye — Get Her Harper‘s Look
Instead of a bold lip color sometimes favorited by her sisters, Kendall wears a super smokey eye. To get the look, apply a base color all over the eyelid. Use a dark grey or black along the crease to create the smokey eye effect.
To get a look like Kendall, continue the eyeshadow out towards temples, creating a cat-eye effect. Then, use a makeup brush to line the bottom lash line in black. Smudge it for the perfect smokey eye look!
Kendall Jenner’s Hair — Get Her Super Volume
To get hair with volume like Kendall, it’s important to use a thickening mist like Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic. Blow dry with a round bush. For super extra volume, set with velcro rollers like Goody Rollers. Blast hair with hot air while it is setting in the rollers.
After 10 minutes, take out the rollers and finger comb for soft waves. Finish the look with a hairspray like Aveda’s Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray.
The fashionable First Lady has never worn a look from the designer, and now he’s being very vocal, saying he doesn’t find Mrs. Obama influential when it comes to fashion.
Michelle Obama, 48, is admired worldwide for her fantastic sense of style. She consistently wins a spot on our best dressed lists, but there is one designer in particular who is not too keen on her fashion sense. Designer Oscar de la Renta, 80, is no stranger to dressing First Families, but Michelle has yet to be included in his work. The designer is clearly not thrilled!
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Oscar de la Renta has been popular with many past first ladies, including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, 91, Laura Bush, 66, and Hillary Clinton, 65. However, of our current first lady, he states, “It is a relation that began poorly and I think it will end the same way.” Looks like Michelle is on the outs in his book!
Though de la Renta does seem a bit bitter about their lack of business relations, he promises that he is not worried about dressing Michelle, because nowadays, it’s up to ordinary women too set the trends as opposed to celebrities. He explains, “an anonymous woman on the street is the woman who influences fashion today, not a movie star or a first lady.”
Despite this justification, de la Renta was one of very few to make a direct attack in dissing the cardigan that Michelle wore to meet Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in 2009 — it looks like this fashion feud has been years in the making! Perhaps if Mrs. Obama changes her ways and decides to sport a de la Renta label, the designer will have a change of heart.
Do YOU think Oscar de la Renta was out of line in criticizing the First Lady? Comment and VOTE!
The now-former ‘RHOBH’ star is choosing family over ‘idle gossip and a taste of fame,’ a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Adrienne Maloofmay have been the hottest topic of conversation — and by “conversation,” I mean “intense fighting” — during the March 25 reunion of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, but she’s keeping quiet about her former castmates. In fact, a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Adrienne “wants nothing to do with all those women.”
“That season in her life is over, and I think she’s made that more than clear,” the insider continues. “It’s a non-issue where she’s concerned.”
Adrienne Maloof Is Focusing On ‘Things That Motivate Her’
While our source admits that Adrienne “enjoyed the seasons she was part of and learned a few valuable lessons, in the end, she chooses her family and her precious children over idle gossip and a taste of fame.”
“Adrienne has so many other things that motivate and inspire her and she’s focused on that.”
Why The ‘RHOBH’ Cast Won’t Miss Adrienne Maloof
But while Adrienne plays innocent and puts all things RHOBH behind her, the other women are apparently doing the same with her.
"It's not like Adrienne will be missed by anyone,” another source tells us. “That's just the truth. … She's done a lot of frivolous things, hurled bogus accusations against people and sued her friends. Who wants that? But best of luck to her.”
HollywoodLifers, will YOU miss Adrienne next season? Vote below, then drop a comment with more of your reactions to the finale and reunion.
Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson In Another Movie Together
A friend of Kristen’s tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, “Kristen has been busy looking at different scripts but what she really wants to do is a romantic, quirky comedy with Rob.”
“This way they can spend plenty of time together,” says the friend. “She doesn’t want to be separated for long periods of time from him like when he went to Australia. This way they can work together and play together.”
Robert Pattinson Missed Kristen Stewart While In Australia
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Rob and Kristen are making up for lost time during their trial separation. Since reconnecting, they’ve been spending all of their time together, even doing simple things with each other like grocery shopping.
"Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson came in here on Friday just like a normal couple buying groceries,” an eyewitness at Lassens’ Natural Foods & Vitamins in Los Feliz revealed to HollywoodLife.com. “They looked really happy, smiling, holding hands. They bought a bag of organic fuji apples and a bunch of other items. They came in the late afternoon and again just seemed like cool, down to earth people."
Should Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Star In Another Movie Together?
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Would you be excited to see Rob and Kristen in a romantic comedy? Or would you rather see them in a sexy, romantic thriller?
WATCH: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Back Together In LA After Split
Not only is Rob living with Kristen after returning from Australia, but a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that their relationship is the ‘strongest’ it’s ever been!
Robert Pattinson is such a romantic! He’s been “showering Kristen Stewart with affection” ever since he returned home, making sure Kristen knows just how much he missed her while he was filming The Rover in Australia.
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Together Again — Happier Than Ever
A friend of Kristen’s tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Kristen and Rob couldn’t be happier. They are getting along wonderfully and really enjoying each other’s company. Rob has been showering Kristen with affection. He really missed her and is spending all of his time with her. And the dogs of course. I think this is the strongest their relationship has ever been.”
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Are Spending All Their Time Together
Rob and Kristen seem to be taking advantage of their time together. It's only a matter of time before Kristen and Rob start shooting their next projects. We can only imagine they’re dreading their next separation.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you happy Rob and Kristen are back together?
WATCH: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Back Together In LA After Split
The teen shows off a very leggy look for the mag, and inside she fights back against claims that she’s too thin, admitting that the accusations are hurtful.
17-year-old Kendall Jenner landed on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and she looks so gorgeous! The cover of Bazaar is a huge feat for a mere teen, but the Jenner sis looks like she was born to model. Inside the mag, however, she reveals that looking like a natural supermodel isn’t always easy.
Kendall is featured on the cover giving the camera a mature, sultry look while donning a black and white striped Marc Jacobs maxi dress. Smoky eyes and tousled hair make the young reality star look years beyond her age, but she still gave off a flawless appearance.
Along with a white miniskirt, a black Gucci gown, and a variety of other top-notch ensembles, photographer, Russell James, 52, dressed Kendall in a skin-toned leotard covered by only an animal print Roberto Cavalli blazer. The bodysuit revealed the teen’s long, very slender legs and fragile physique. While most girls dream of being tall and thin with endless legs, Kendall reveals that she doesn’t feel so fortunate. “I’m constantly criticised for being too skinny,” she explains. “I'm trying to gain weight but my body won't let it happen. What people don’t understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat, it’s not a nice feeling.”
Despite her self-consciousness, Kendall looks as confident as ever showing off her tiny frame and accentuating her height in very tall stilettos. If nothing else, her cover shoot definitely brought her up to speed in terms of making her more than just ‘the Kardashian’s little sister.’ “I'm trying my best with what I want to do, which is modeling. I think I'm on my own career path and I don't really care what other people have to say about me being in the spotlight of my sisters. I'm just doing my own thing,” she says.
Kendall is only 17 and she still has a lot of time before her body fully matures, but do YOU think she’s too thin? Comment below and VOTE!